This abstract photoengraving of a male tennis player was created by artist / photographer Naomi Savage (1927-2005). Savage was a native of New Jersey and from an early age, Naomi Savage showed an interest in the arts. As the niece of famous Dada and Surrealist artist Man Ray, she was able to pursue her interests with much support from her family. During high school, Savage attended a class taught by Bernice Abbott, Man Ray’s assistant, at the New School for Social Research. She later attended Bennington College where she studied music and the arts. Later, she apprenticed with Man Ray who was a great inspiration.Savage pioneered the use of photographic engravings where the actual metal plate itself becomes the art. It is a kind of topographic photograph with a variety of metallic surfaces and tones. She experimented extensively with photogravure and photoengraving to explore variations in color and texture. She also combined media – collage, negative images, texture screening, multiple exposure, photograms, solarization, toning, printing on metallic foils – and made laser color prints. Savage had her first exhibition in 1952 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the International Center of Photography in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, and the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, New Jersey. Her most famous photographic engraving is a fifty-foot long mural she did on the side of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.
Metal abstract photoengraving mounted on board in a wooden frame under plexiglas, titled on verso “Classic Form,” with artist return label, inscribed Collection: Eve Kraft”. Dimensions: 9 1/4” h x 7 1/2” w, actual; 9 3/4” h x 8” w, framed.
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